Samuel Malcolm Abney was elected to the Board of the American Goat Federation (AGF) December 2011. He was born on August 16, 1940 in Prattville, Alabama the first and only son of Zach and Nell Abney. He is the fourth generation of Abneys to live in the family home. His first memories of goats date back to when he was six years old and he continues to raise goats today. His family of goats have been in Christmas nativities, parades, seminars, shows, educational displays at schools and civic functions, nursing homes and goat cook offs. He and his wife have approximately 40 acres within the city limits of Prattville where they raise Boer goats, chickens, peacocks, guineas, pigeons, rabbits, a pot bellied pig, a jersey heifer and a horse. Raising goats is the main business of his family farm.
Mr. Abney attended Prattville Elementary and Autauga County High School, where he often carried animals to school and even rode a goat to school on numerous occasions. He was a member of the FFA and 4-H, and along with his two sisters showed dairy goats, dairy cows and horses. Mr. Abney attended Auburn University where he was a member of ROTC. After Auburn, he attended Alabama Military Academy and graduated commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served for eight years in the Alabama Army National Guard commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant. Later, he attended Massey Draughn Business College. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Prattville and the order of Masons.